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Attraction Book Fundraiser to Benefit Business Training Conference for Women

Dear Friends of Caroline's Promise, We are excited  to offer our supporters the Attractions Dining and Value  Guide, which is a money saving coupon book! Using 2 or 3 coupons at your favorite restaurants and stores will  easily pay for the book and save you hundreds of dollars or more!  The Attractions Coupon book contains thousands of dollars worth of buy one get one free and discount coupons from the area's best restaurants and retailers! Valid NOW through December 31, 2016! Both Guilford County and Forsyth County books will be available.  The goal of this sale is to raise funds for the ministry of Caroline's Promise.  All money raised will directly benefit our Business Training Conference for women in Guatemala.  Our fundraiser is simple: 1. The cost of each book is $25.00  Please send a check to Caroline's Promise ( 1950 Beeson Road, Kernersville, NC 2728 4) or pay online and write the number of books you are purchasing and Forsyth or Guilford C

Giving comes full circle in Gerona

Almost a year ago we received an anonymous donation designated for our Threads of Promise Sewing Program.  Little did we know that while this donation was being mailed our partners in Guatemala were asking God for a way to start Threads of Promise in the community of Gerona.  (read the story here) What has taken place since then is beautiful! Learning about sewing and Jesus:) Let me explain the community of Gerona .  Tin houses with dirt floors and no indoor plumbing.  Very few have running water and those that do use a common sink for cooking, bathing, washing clothes This video shows what Gerona is like.  and dishes.  Several families own their property but most rent and are often forced to move because their landlord just decides he wants to do something different with the land.  Most adults don't have an education and so finding work is difficult.  The kids can go to public school for free but often can't afford the supplies and school uniform.  Neighbors steal fro

Business Training = Changed Lives

For the past several years Caroline's Promise has partnered with Iglesia Adonai to host sewing classes for women in the community.  We call the program "Threads of Promise" because of the opportunities it provides.  Through the three month discipleship and skills training classes the women experience community and begin to understand just how much God adores them.  They sell the product that they make and we match their earnings.  At graduation they receive a new sewing machine and a women's devotional Bible. From the beginning our dream was to offer  business training for these women but we could never find the right curriculum.  Last year the Lord led us to Yobel International , a Colorado based ministry that empowers communities to eliminate extreme poverty, unjust labor and human trafficking through business training and consumer education.  Yobel has developed an interactive, discussion-based Entrepreneurial Training Curriculum and we are excited for the op

The True Importance of Child Sponsorship

Several joys accompany translating sponsor letters for Caroline's Promise: the satisfaction of successfully...or semi-successfully... understanding what the letter says; learning more and more Spanish words and phrases; being helpful; and ultimately, being able to convey the beautiful thoughts the children feel towards their sponsor. I think we as sponsors often forget how much a relationship with these kids means to them. The monetary support matters immensely; however, to the people of Guatemala, the bonds between us go much deeper than that.   But who could tell you that better than the kids themselves? Here a few, of the many, things sent to sponsors that served as a personal reminder to me, as I'm sure they will to you, of how important partnership in Guatemala truly is.  "I want to tell you that you are like a second mom to me." "Nothing is more important than you guys coming." "The truth is that you all are a grand blessing.

3rd Floor Construction Campaign

We have been blown away by your support of the Hope Grows campaign to construct a building in Guatemala City that benefits both our partner church, Iglesia Adonai, and the school, Casita Adonai! We originally thought that $100,000 would allow us to tear down the old building and construct the first floor.  God stretched that money and we were able to begin the second floor! Our partners at the church have worked tirelessly to raise funds on their own, bringing in several thousand dollars through their fundraising and personal giving!  This has been one of the highlights of the Hope Grows Campaign - watching them give sacrificially! Our 2015 teams were able to donate the remaining funds needed to not only complete the 2nd floor, but also remodel an existing area that had housed temporary classrooms. That space is now being used as a multi-purpose room, and everyone is using it! Our kiddos are enjoying their new classrooms and computer lab on the second floor. This fall we a